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Five Foods To Perk Up Your Mood

17 April 2020

Mental | Physical

Posted on: 17 April 2020

For some, food is simply fuel to get them through the day, whereas others spend time daydreaming about what food they can make when they get home. What unites us all is that foods can control how we feel and how much energy we have, with some foods being scientifically proven to help you fight away the blues.

We spent time thinking not just about what those foods are but also finding some quick and easy recipes that you can make at any time during the week.

Berries

Some flavours in berries contain a chemical similar to valproic acid, a prescribed mood-stabilising drug, according to the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. It has also been found to reduce inflammation which can lead to higher rates of depression.

Why not try?

American Blueberry Pancakes

Raspberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Dark Chocolate

It's not a myth, dark chocolate has been proven to improve people's moods! It releases serotonin, a chemical in your brain which makes you happy and can help to boost your immune system. They do note that the chocolate has to be enjoyable to eat which suggests that the act of eating chocolate might also play a part. We've got two recipes below, but you can also add it to lasagne and chilli to enhance the sauce.

Why not try?

Chocolate and Berry Mousse Pots

Six Ingredient Gooey Swedish Chocolate Cake

Salmon

We've all heard the old saying 'fish is brain food', but in the case of salmon (and tuna), it really is. Fatty fish is high in Omega-3 which is great for long and short-term memory but also can reduce anxiety and increase your mental health and wellbeing.

Why Not Try?

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon

Salmon with a Pesto Crust

Spinach

It's a bit of a false truth about its iron content (and Popeye's strength), but while it might not make you physically strong, mentally, it's the ultimate supplement! Rich in Vitamin E and K, it can lower depression and boost your mood.

Why Not Try?

Chicken and Spinach Balti

Spinach and Halloumi Salad

Mushrooms

Mushrooms, as well as being highly versatile, are also highlighted as great for picking up your mood thanks to the high concentration of Vitamin D. Another benefit that comes from including mushrooms in your diet is that they contain selenium which helps support the immune system.

Why Not Try?

Mushrooms on Toast

Mushroom and Goat's Cheese

With these five superfoods, you can improve your mood and mental health, they are all surprisingly versatile too - which is a bonus for making sure you keep variety in your diet.

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